Letters to the Editor

Trump’s boss is the American people

Last July I asked why Hillary Clinton appeared to get a “get out of jail free” card (after being pilloried by Donald Trump) regarding numerous illegal acts with classified materials. The subject seems to have arisen again in connection with Trump. It would appear (correct me if I’m wrong) that his position is “I’m the Boss! I make the rules, but I don’t have to adhere to them.”

Did he have an extremely critical, time sensitive situation that left him no time to consult his staff? Did he compromise operations, methods, technology, capabilities, or processes? Did he consult his staff and ignore their guidance? It beggars belief that he actually believes that he is exempt from any law which he finds inconvenient, but his statements seem to indicate that this is the case.

As I said last July; “The Rule of Law ... is the foundation of everything that the U.S. stands for. The rule of law has checks and balances; ‘special privilege’ knows no checks and no balances. ‘Special privilege’ observes no rules that it finds inconvenient. The rule of law and ‘special privilege’ are antithetical to each other. Unrestrained, ‘special privilege’ grows and grows until the rule of law is supplanted.”

Mr. Trump does have a boss: the American people! As an American voter and military veteran, I want to know why he feels that he doesn’t need to answer to anyone or adhere to laws that he finds inconvenient.

J.L. Hickman, Fairview Heights

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